Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring Audiobook, by Jay Weaver Play Audiobook Sample

Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring Audiobook

Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring Audiobook, by Jay Weaver Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Gustavo Rex Publisher: PublicAffairs Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549148477

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Longest Chapter Length:

36:06 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:30 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

12:37 minutes

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Publisher Description

The explosive story of the illegal gold trade from South America, and the three Miami businessmen who got rich on it

In March of 2017, a team of FBI agents arrested Juan Granda, Samer Barrage, and Renato Rodriguez, or as they called themselves, "the three amigos." The trio--first identified publicly by the authors of this book-- had built a $3.6 billion dollar business in metals trading, mostly illegal Peruvian gold.

Their arrests and subsequent prosecution laid bare more than a corrupt finance firm, though. Instead, Dirty Gold lifts the veil on an illegal international business that is five times as lucrative as trafficking cocaine, and arguably more dangerous.

As the award-winning team of Miami Herald reporters show, illegal gold mines have become a haven for Latin American drug money. The gold is then sold to metals traders, and ultimately to Americans who want it in their jewelry, smartphones, and investment portfolios. By following the trail of these three traders, Dirty Gold leads us into a criminal underworld that has never before been in full view.

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”Tells the full story of how unethically mined gold makes it from shanty camps like La Pampa in southern Peru—a Stygian hellhole of brothels, child labor, and violence—through the global supply chain to become jewelry or part of the motherboard in your smartphone.”

— New York Times Book Review 


  • “A fascinating deep dive…an expose on South America’s illicit gold trade, as an international cops and robbers caper, and as a rip-roaring tale of avarice that reads like an upscale version of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Amazing.”

    — T. J. English, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A jaw-dropping true story.”

    — Amazon.com
  • “[A] shocking true crime epic…show[s] how a criminal enterprise can thrive with a product where melting can erase all traces of origin easier than documents can be forged.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Nonfiction
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

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About Gustavo Rex

Gustavo Rex is an actor known for his narration of the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. He has also narrated several audiobooks including Carlos Santana’s memoir, El Tono Universal.